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pradeepln
Returning Member

Federal refund - Missing Form 4868 Extension Money

Hello Everyone, I did my FY2020 tax extension in April (to extend the deadline until Oct 2021) and during that time I paid $XXX as my extension amount along with Form 4868 to IRS.  In July when I did my taxes it appears to be I need to get amount $YYY ( My refund amount for FY2020) + $XXX (Extension Amount) = $ZZZ ( Total refund).

 

But after i filed my return in July, IRS refunded me only the amount $YYY and they forgot to refund me the $XXX i paid for extension.  I am supposed to get $ZZZ, but i only got back $YYY.  What is the process to get the difference money $XXX from IRS?

 

 

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VolvoGirl
Level 15

Federal refund - Missing Form 4868 Extension Money

Didn't the extension payment show up as a credit on your tax return?  For 2020 Federal Extension payments should be on schedule 3 line 9.  And go to 1040 line 31.  It is included in your refund or reduces a tax due.

 

If you didn't enter it then the IRS should have added it in for you.  Or eventually catch it and send it back.  You have to ask the IRS about it.  Do you have proof you paid it like your bank statement?

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VolvoGirl
Level 15

Federal refund - Missing Form 4868 Extension Money

Didn't the extension payment show up as a credit on your tax return?  For 2020 Federal Extension payments should be on schedule 3 line 9.  And go to 1040 line 31.  It is included in your refund or reduces a tax due.

 

If you didn't enter it then the IRS should have added it in for you.  Or eventually catch it and send it back.  You have to ask the IRS about it.  Do you have proof you paid it like your bank statement?

pradeepln
Returning Member

Federal refund - Missing Form 4868 Extension Money

Yes the amount is mention in schedule 3 line 9, also i am seeing the same amount in 1040 line 31, also form 4868 is also attached in my return. I have the Form 4868 payment confirmation with confirmation number with me in email.

 

Should i call IRS now to resolve this?

VolvoGirl
Level 15

Federal refund - Missing Form 4868 Extension Money

Nothing you need to do.  You got the right refund amount.  You  did get the extension payment back.  It was added to your tax return and increased your refund.  You got credit for it.  Follow the math on your return.  

Critter-3
Level 15

Federal refund - Missing Form 4868 Extension Money

Even if the money is reflected on the return did it ever get paid ?   Do you have a cancelled check or bank statement showing anything was actually  paid with the extension ?  

 

If you do not have a receipt for the payment then it never happened ... so the IRS is correct.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you did pay  then : 

 

Take a look at your account transcript on the IRS web site ... do they have a payment listed ?   https://www.irs.gov/payments/view-your-tax-account

 

You could try to call ... may never get thru but you can try.

 

Or you can amend the return ... could take 6 months or more to process.

 

Or you can wait and see if the IRS every catches this overpayment and sends it to you. 

pradeepln
Returning Member

Federal refund - Missing Form 4868 Extension Money

The amount mentioned in Line 34 and 35a of form1040 is $ZZZ, but the amount I got back is $YYY which is the difference of my line 34 and my extension amount $XXX.

pradeepln
Returning Member

Federal refund - Missing Form 4868 Extension Money

I got the confirmation email with Confirmation number for my extension form 4868 money.

VolvoGirl
Level 15

Federal refund - Missing Form 4868 Extension Money

Let's back up.  Is your 2020 refund $YYY the amount on 1040 line 35a?  Then it includes the $XXX extension.  You don't get $ZZZ ($YYY+XXX).   

 

Or did the IRS send you less than the refund on line 35a?

Critter-3
Level 15

Federal refund - Missing Form 4868 Extension Money

Again you got a confirmation email for the filing of the extension but was the payment ever completed ???

 

You need the proof of payment ... a canceled check or a bank or CC statement showing the payment. 

VolvoGirl
Level 15

Federal refund - Missing Form 4868 Extension Money

Oh I was posting at the same time.  So the IRS did reduce your refund on line 35a.  You need to show them proof you paid the extension.  You need to show them your bank statement or credit card showing it coming out.

pradeepln
Returning Member

Federal refund - Missing Form 4868 Extension Money

When i login to IRS website and see my 2020 tax  transcript, I see the account balance as negative -$XXX as of July 26th 2021. This is the same amount i paid for extension? does it mean they have the amount i paid with them and will they refund automatically? or i need to claim that in next year return?

Critter-3
Level 15

Federal refund - Missing Form 4868 Extension Money

Ok ... now I see where you are confused ... LOOK at your return as suggested a few answers ago ... the amount you paid with the extension was already considered as part of your payments on the form 1040 ... the refund on the return INCLUDED  the extension payment.   It is NOT sent to you again in any fashion.  

pradeepln
Returning Member

Federal refund - Missing Form 4868 Extension Money

Thanks for your help. I will wait and watch to see what happens to that negative credit in my account.

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